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and not about the thousands ever others who have been killed. >> indeed. lynn, john mccain has been the chief inquisitor pushing these claims. however, i want to play for you two pieces of sound from him. one from a few weeks ago, two weeks ago, in fact, the other from sunday. see if you can notice a little difference. >> i will do everything in my power to block her from being the united states secretary of state. >> she could conceivably get your vote for secretary of state? >> i think she deserves the ability and the opportunity to explain herself and her position just as she said. >> that was -- they were, of course, clips referring to susan rice. to my ears that second clip sounds like what is known in military circles as a retreat. is that right? >> well, i think -- yes, it's right, martin, and senator mccain's retreat if that's what you want to call it, pretty good word, by the way, for this actually started a week ago sunday. this is the second sunday in a row where he is laying the groundwork for letting susan rice vhave her say if she's nominated. this seems prudent because carrying
mentioned, while senators graham, ayotte and mccain are focused on what susan rice, ambassador rice said on the sunday talk shows, they are not asking any questions at all about the real questions about security there at the consulate in benghazi. that's where their interest and focus and ire should be pointed. not at a u.n. ambassador who went on the sunday talk shows as a spokesperson for the administration giving, imparting the information she was given by the intelligence community. >> and susan, for those just joining us. this happened moments ago in the last hour. i want to remind everyone what the three senators had to say. take a look. >> we are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn't get. >> bottom line, i'm more disturbed now than i was before that the 16 september explanation about how four americans died in benghazi, libya, by ambassador rice, i think, does not do justice to the reality at the time. >> clearly the impression that was given, the information given to the american people was wrong, in fact, ambassador rice said today abs
as the white house had hoped. senators mccain, ayotte and graham say they have more questions than they had before rice's comments about benghazi. >> we are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn't get it. >> if you don't know what happened just say you don't know what happened. people can push you to give explanations and you can say i don't want to give bad information. >> that's troubling to me as well, why she wouldn't have asked, i'm the person that doesn't know anything about this, i'm going on every single show. >> joining me now for our daily fix, chris cizilla, msnbc contributor managing editor of post politics.com and our own nbc capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell. well, this was pretty tense. chris, first to you. you've seen a lot of confirmation battles. this really did seem like an escalation, a warning shot. >> maybe they come out of this and say, look, we still kind of disagree with the way this played out but the explanations that ambassador rice gave us helped us understand. instead, what we got coming out of it was, as you p
on a sunday show to talk about an event, that's what john mccain does. are they saying she should have given the unclassified version of the report she was given by the cia? then that would have been criticized. >> you're unfit because you're imparting secrets. >> exactly. >> rice was able to win over someone, joe lieberman. take a listen. >> i would not feel that her appearances and anything she said on those sunday morning talk shows september 16th would disqualify her for appointment to any other office. >> leishman in the context, he's retiring, he's not going to be around to vote on this. but is he signaling for other democrats basically that she has a clear path if her name does come up for nomination? >> i think that's right. joe lieberman is conservative, a hawk, respected by some senators on foreign policy issues. there may be three republican senators who don't like her, another 97 who have votes, the house members who have been campaigning against her don't have votes. something chip said, it would be weird or odd for this process to be playing out if she is not going to be nomina
from senator john mccain. >> i have great respect to senator mccain and his service to our country. i always have and i always will. i do think some of the statements he's made about me have been unfounded but i do look forward to having the opportunity to discuss all of this with him. >>> meanwhile, in new york city, thanksgiving is already under way. jay gray is with us along the parade route. all right, jay, what are you up to now? >> reporter: good morning. you can see the floats lined bip hind me on 77. what you see first is hello kitty, one of the newest floats, along with papa smurf. the balloons are lined up. everybody is ready to get these things going. it's an exciting morning. part of the float is also a float that represents and honors the first responders to hurricane sandy, an important part of the theme of this year's parade. they want to make sure everyone here watching remembers the tragedy a few weeks ago and everyone will be wearing a lapel pin part of those remembering those lost in sandy and remembering there's still a lot of work to be done here. a big part of th
reacted to criticism from senator john mccain. >> i have great respect for senator john mccain and his service to his country. i always have and i always will. i do think that some of the statements he's made about me have been unfounded, but i look forward to having the opportunity at the appropriate time to discuss all of this with him. >>> and to new york now where thanksgiving day is already under way. nbc's jay gray is live for us along the parade route of the 86th annual macy's thanksgiving day parade. it is now sunny outside, jay. how's the weather? >> reporter: it's beautiful. it's going to be a beautiful day here in new york. it's going to be a great parade. the excitement is building. in fact, take a look behind me. you can see all the energy that's going on here and some of the balloon teams already here on the ground. the kermit the frog balloon team, the hello kitty balloon team behind me getting ready to work those balloons through the streets of new york. and as you push past them and through the balloons, you can see the nets still over them, but they'll be coming off i
closed doors with three of her most vocal critics, republican senator john mccain, kelly ayotte and lindsey graham talking behind closed doors to discuss classified material. the acting director of the cia, mike morel, is helping her answer questions and will accompany her to other meetings on the hill this week. an aide to mccain tells cbs news that rice requested this meeting last week and it could be decisive. if she answers mccain's questions to his satisfaction, he says he would support her nomination. >> margaret, what do you think those questions will be from the senators that they want answered? >> reporter: charlie, there are a lot of them. specifically senator mccain has said he wants ambassador rice to explain why she did not mention that within 24 hours of the assault in benghazi that the intelligence community knew that there were links to al qaeda. as you remember, in five different television appearances, she said there was no evidence that the attack was preplanned. now senator mccain has said she misled the public. ambassador rice says she
that we got and some that we didn't get. >> reporter: senators john mccain, lindsey graham and kelly ayotte have been vocal critics of rice accusing the ambassador of misleading the public when she said five days after the deadly benghazi attack, there was no evidence it was preplanned. >> we're going to get to the bottom of this. we have to have a system we can trust. and if you don't know what happened, just say you don't know what happened. >> reporter: rice needs the senate support if president obama chooses her to be the next secretary of state. ambassador rice met with lawmakers in a secure room behind this group of cameras here on capitol hill to discuss classified information. an aide to senator john mccain says she requested the meeting. afterwards, rice issued a statement saying the talking points the intelligence community gave her were incorrect and that at no time did she or anyone in the obama administration intend to mislead the american people. the white house worked to reinforce that tuesday. >> ambassador rice has no responsibility for collecting, analyzing and prov
if obama goes forward and decides to nominate rice. >> there is a john mccain and lindsay graham, they have threatened to block her possible nomination. mccain called her comments not very bright. as result he and others are accused of being racist. is questioning her qualifications specifically following her benghazi statements, do you think that is racist? >> democrats have been certainly suggesting that. of course republicans say that is ridiculous. you look at graham and mccain who have been constant critics of the obama administration but you look at center, susan collins who has strongly supported rice in her lowell as u.n. ambassador praised her at her initial confirmation hearing. collins is saying that rice has to answer the question or she won't vote for her. that is major problem for the administration. i think it's a good move by rice she is trying to dial it down. she is willing to meet mccain. the temperature has to come down a little bit in order for her to possibly be nominated. if at this level it will be tough. >> heather: should she still be nominated? >> i think it will
to be a broker between both sides the u.s. necessarily needs to deal with egypt. >> yes well, you know, john mccain we see hillary clinton there. john mccain had another opinion who he thinks should be over in the mideast talking to these people. >> even someone as high ranking frankly as former president bill clinton to go and be the negotiator. i know he would hate me for saying that, but we need someone of enormous prestige and influence to sit down with the parties together and work as a broker. >> when we see mccain saying something nice about a democrat, he has to go and say one more thing. this is john mccain once again. >> if this god-forbid violence escalates, if someone was there brokering the process and bringing a halt to it. now the president makes phone callscalls from burma? i can tell that you al-qaeda is on the rise and they're moving throughout the middle east, and we'll pay a very heavy price for it because of the lack of american leadership. >> you know michael, he mentions kissinger from the 70s, baker from the 90s and burma, that's not even what the country is called any more.
show." nearly 100 republicans are spending their time targeting ambassador susan rice. senator john mccain actually insulted her intelligence. >> is this a select committee clears her of wrong doing besides not being very bright because it was obvious that this was not a "flash mob"? there was no demonstration. there was none there. >> she's a graduate of stanford and also rode scholar. they claim she misled the public about the attack on the consulate in benghazi. rice was actually reporting the intelligence that she had been given. the republicans don't seem to care about the facts. they are worried that the president will appoint rice to be the next secretary of state. john mccain says rice isn't qualified. senator lindsey graham calls rice a political choice for ambassador and it's not a good resume to be secretary of state. 97 house republicans signed the letter to the president accusing rice of willfully or incompetently misleading the public. the republicans are using words like not qualified, not bright, and incompetent. some democrats feel these words are actually code. >> these a
versus john mccain in 2008. among liberals who are happy that mitt romney lost and among conservatives who are trying to say i told you so about the reasons mitt romney lost, there's been a fair amount of bipartisan anti-mitt romney glee over the idea that mr. romney received even fewer votes for president than john mccain did back in 2008. turns out that is not true. it may have looked like that on election night or on the day after the election. but millions of votes aren't counted right after the election. it takes days and even weeks after the election until you get all the vote in. the fact is that president obama did beat both of these candidates pretty easily. neither was a close election. but mr. romney was closer. and mr. romney did beat mr. mccain in terms of the number of ballots cast. which is either exciting or just population growth, depending on your perspective. but if somebody tells you that john mccain got more votes for mitt romney, that's not true. last one. same game round three. things people are saying about the election that aren't true, but it makes them feel b
of her biggest critics by name. >> she did, trace. ambassador rice making an offer to senator john mccain. >> let me be very clear, i have great respect for senator mccain and his service to our country. i always have. and i always will. i do think that some of the statements he made about me have been unfounded, but i look forward to having the opportunity at the appropriate time to discuss all of this with him. >> earlier today, senator mccain weighing in on the administration's inconsistent public statements on the benghazi terrorist attack. the statement from senator mccain reads in part this latest episode is another reason why system of us are so suspicious of this the actions of this administration when it comes to the benghazi attack. the senator has said he will push back against rice's promotion, so have other senators along with 97 members of the house and all of them are republic, trace. >> trace: catherine, the republicans are still hammering away on this issue, right? >> they are. lindsey graham charges that the obama administration has failed to respond to at least a dozen
goxarelto.com. >>> susan rice is fighting back. she's been the target over her comments. senator john mccain and other lawmakers have been bashing her. now rice is saying no words in defending herself. what is rice saying? >> reporter: i wouldn't say she is bringing in new information. it's really what this administration has been saying from multiple sources. john mccain and some of the other republicans are accusing her of lying and misleading the american public and the congress. she says she was given talking points that were preparing by the intelligence committee. now on the personal comments by john mccain, she is politely diplomatically firing back at him. >> when discussing the attacks at our facilities i relied solely and squarely on the information provided to me by the intelligence community. i made clear that the information was preliminary and that our investigations would give us the definitive answers. everyone particularly the intelligence community has worked in good faith to provide the best assessment based on the information available. >> reporter: she hopes when they're
of possible tax rates. now senate is lindsay gramm, john mccain, bob barker along with house majority leader eric cantor and congressman peter king are rebuking the norquist anti-tax pledge, a new gang of six saying in recent days they would break that pledge to look for new ways to generate revenue republican congressman peter king said bluntly, he is not ruling anything out. >> i agree entirely. a pledge to sign 20 years ago, 18 years ago. i think everything should be on the table. lou: two of the senator's not only reversing themselves on raising taxes but also rethinking their opposition to a susan rice secretary of state apartment. senators gramm and mccain both revising their political positis in a bit -- at a breathtaking pace. joining a summer we are calling the republican reset, the fiscal cliff, of course, and the coup in egypt, the president seemingly in search of a campgn. after a long holiday weekend, does anyone remember been gauzy? to find out, we are joined by of and the daily column founder and editor cockies contributor. thank you. let's start with republican party. is that
for tuning in. tonight's lead, the mccain gang wants what it wants. today u.n. ambassador susan rice went to capitol hill to meet with the three republican senators who have been her harshest critics over what she said on sunday talk shows about the attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. it was a meeting ambassador rice requested to try and clear the air. she went to the meetings with the acting cia director. but the republican senators were not swayed, not in the least. in fact, it sounded like they had settled on their talking points. here's what they said after the meeting. >> we are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn't get. it is clear that the information that she gave the american people was incorrect. >> bottom line, i'm more disturbed more than i was before. here's what i can tell you. the american people got bad information on 16 september, they got bad information from president obama days after. it was unjustified. to give the scenario as presented by ambassador rice and president obama three weeks before an troubled toda
been attacked by senator john mccain for participating in what he described as a cover-up. >> this president and this administration have either been guilty of colossal incompetence or engaged in a cover-up. >> mccain says rice made misleading comments in the days immediately following the benghazi attack in libya. >>> rice is being considered for secretary of state. some republican senators have vowed to block her nomination. she spoke publicly about the controversy finally yesterday. >> when discussing the attacks against our facilities in benghazi, i relied solely and squarely on the information provided to me by the intelligence community. i made clear that the information was preliminary and that our investigations would give us the definitive answers. everyone, particularly the intelligence community, has worked in good faith to provide the best assessment based on the information available. let me just end by saying, i knew chris stevens. i worked closely with him and had the privilege of doing so as we tried together as a government to free the libyan people fro
-president. that is how she made her neighbor across but still better than john mccain even with hillary of all the debate the questions going to obama were so softball that hillary clinton was asked incredibly complicated policy questions for the moderate asks obama if you will like another parallel. [laughter] that was a fair summary. the only standing thing is not how poorly obama's did in that is as good as the emperor was. [applause] if john mccain had been on the stage a with him we would have long faces this week. it was how magnificent mitt romney was in the first time obama had to face a tough opponent. his whole life as he says look calm and don't make fast moves he was smoking pot at occidental university not applying himself and can transfer to a premier university in america, colombia, from there you walk into harvard law school and president of the law review then president for two weeks and wins the nobel peace prize? [laughter] this was the first test that he faced and he did not do so well. you see that with stacy negative. they spend so much time fawning over black nine entities like my
linking benghazi to anti-islam film was wrong. tomorrow, senator mccain is expected to meet with ambassador susan rice. >> bret: we'll follow. that thank you. >> they landed the new fighter yet on the aircraft carrier that entered service two months ago. rebel troops have apparently not withdrawn from goma in the democratic republic of congo. despite a midnight deadline that passed an hour-and-a-half ago. thousands of civilians displaced by the fighting there are swelling the size of the displacement camp 4.5-miles from the city. >>> 36 more shopping days. 29, 36 until the fiscal cliff. 29 more shopping days until christmas. we'll talk about the fiscal cliff part with the fox all-stars when we return. [ male announcer ] this december, remember -- what starts with adding a friend... ♪ ...could end with adding a close friend. the lexus december to remember sales event is on. this is the pursuit of perfection. [ "the odd couple" theme playing ] humans. even when we cross our "t"s and dot our "i"s, we still run into problems -- mainly other humans. at liberty mutual insurance,
critics on capitol hill face to face. meeting with senator graham and john mccain and our own kelley wright live with more. kelley, this is an amazing development. it is my understanding that she requested the development. >> she did. they talked about since they were did that they were honored to meet with her. susan rice is the front runner for being nominated as the new secretary of state . that could be the reason why. if so she would need to be confirmed by lawmakers. republicans are outraged over the comments rice made in the u.s. consulate in benghazi. that could be problematic. >> initially it was a spontanous reaction to what transspired in carey as a consequence of the video. >> that explanation continues to dodge rice. senator mccain said rice failed to get the facts straight. >> don't we all have a responsibility before we go out and talk to the american people and all five sunday morning shows for verifying that the facts were true. there is classified information that she had access to that contradicted that. and said al-qaida was decimated along with bin laden being ki
. rice heads to capitol hill today to meet with three of her harshest critics senators john mccain, lindsay graham and kelly ayotte. mccain now willing to hear her side of the story. >> i will be glad to meet with her and listen to her positions and justification for her comments but i'm -- i'm very unhappy with her performance. >> reporter: graham is also looking forward to hearing from rice. >> there will be a lot of questions asked of her about this event and others. >> reporter: ayotte told cnn that rice's staff contacted her about the meeting. she believes it will focus on rice's, quote, representations of what happened at benghazi. rice is considered a top pick to replace secretary of state hillary clinton who said she will leave her post when a replacement is found. mccain, graham and ayotte all said they would block any effort to advance rice if she is nominated. i'm ed payne, reporting. >> later this week rice will meet with acting cia director mike morrell as well as senator susan collins of maine the top republican on the homeland security committee. >>> more republicans
in washington, d.c.. senators grahm, mccain sitting there being -- not summoned, too strong a word, but urgently requested toeet with ambassador rice and to what end when we have the responses we've just shown you from three senators saying they have more questions now than going in? >> well, this meeting was obviously a disaster. if it was intended to bring them closer together, to facilitate her nomination for secretary of state, it was a real failure. when you have senators coming out unmistakenbly things are worse now tn before the meeting, that's not a good sign. what obama does for the nomination, i don't kkow, but, clearly, what we have is an administration who can't get the story straight. i think as long as that's out there, this is going to be a very troubled period for susan rice and her perspective nomination. lou: the idea is that any president as a matter of tradition has the right to his choice to fill whatever office is at issue. in this case, the secretary of state. this kind of dissension and coradiction and contest between the two parties over ambassador rice really creates a
.s. consulate in benghazi. rice will sit down with senators john mccain, lindsey graham, and kelly ayotte. >> that should be fun. >> that could be really awkward. they all accuse her of misleading the country in her initial account of the attack. in recent days, senator mccain has softened his criticism, and rice insists that she was relying on talking points from the intelligence community. last night senator graham rejected her defense but says he's open to today's meeting. >> she asked to meet with us, and i will listen to what she has to say about her role in benghazi, but i can tell you this. the more i know about benghazi, the more upset i am that the consulate was even open on september 11th. when you look at the history and the reporting coming out of libya about the dangers, it should never have been open or heavily reinforced. after the attack, i think the story we were told about a spontaneous event caused by video where a mob turned into a riot is less credible than ever. >> smart of her to call the meeting. acting cia director michael morrell will accompany rice during today'
to him coming out against-- >> and threatening this filibust wer john mccain which i think is an irrationalath on their parts. not because presidents have the option and should have the benefit of the doubt on a confirmation to the cabinet. this isn't a judicial lifetime appointment. and i don't senator graham or mccain was publicly vocal when secretary condoleezza rice was nominated for that position, having been national execute adviser, and predicted the arrival of the mushroom cloud because of a nuclear weapons that iraq was then, under saddam hussein, harboring. sthere seems to be a degree of irrationality. the president has now made it a big fight. and we've seen liberal press people come out citing the shortcomings-- personality shortcomings of susan rice. it's sort of a bizarre season, and i can't figure out where this is going. >> brown: david what, do you think? why have republicans made this such-- made her such a focal part, and made this such a fight? >> i guess my theory is that she's a sharp-tongued blunt person and in the past has taken some shots at john mc
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with rice's nomination. late monday mccain told nbc that rice's office requested today's meeting with him, senators lindsey graham and kelly ayotte. they've been conciliatory gestures on both sides the past few days. >> i do think that some of the statements he made about me have been unfounded, but i look forward to having the opportunity at the appropriate time to discuss all of this with him. >> i give everyone the benefit of explaining their position and the actions that they took, and i'll be glad to have the opportunity to discuss these issues with her. >> in one sign of the seriousness with which the white house takes rice's defense acting cia director mike morell will accompany her on those senate meetings. remember it's mike morell who wrote the unclassified talking points from the intelligence community that rice was briefed on to use publicly for the sunday talk shows. last night on fox news graham said he intends to ask rice some very direct questions. >> she asked to meet with us, and i will listen to what she has to say about her role in benghazi. i can tell you this, the mo
you both. >>> next, john mccain continues his crusade for the truth about what happened on the sunday talk shows. stay with us on this snowy afternoon. >> so you were wrong about libya. >> i don't think i was wrong about libya at all. >> yes, i do. i know you were. >> no, i was not. >> i snknow you were. anncr: some politicians seem to think medicare and... social security are just numbers in a budget. well, we worked hard for those benefits. we earned them. and if washington tries to cram decisions about the future... of these programs into a last minute budget deal... we'll all pay the price. aarp is fighting to protect seniors with responsible... solutions that strengthen medicare and... social security for generations to come. we can do better than a last minute deal... that would hurt all of us. >>> two republican senators behind the benghazi witch hunt are now vowing to place a hold on any attempt to nominate susan rice as secretary of state. they and john mccain tell reporters their questions about benghazi have gone unanswered. they say ambassador rice didn't answer them in th
, senator corker and senator john mccain all related to the secretary of state position. let me play all of these comments together and get your reaction. >> i would need to have additional information before i could support her nomination. >> i would just ask the president to step back for a moment and realize that all of us here hold the secretary of state to a very different standard than most cabinet members. >> john kerry came been a whisper of being president of the united states. i think that works in his favor but i'd love to hear him make his case. i don't have anything in his background like this tragedy in benghazi that would make me really want to carefully examine the whole situation. >> michael, that was john mccain referring to john kerry in case he was -- in the event he was nominated as secretary of state and susan collins in addition to the comments we have played said she would support john kerry as secretary of state. how much is about that and not about benghazi? >> i don't know what it's about. i'm not aware of evidence this suggesting that ambassador rice manipulat
vacuum in that region of the world. back here though, senator mccain was talking about susan rise. >> yes. bill: owe is suggesting now she should testify because we need to hear her out. now some have, paed that suggested that he has softened his language. do you see it that way? >> no. i think what he wants to do is get susan rise rise in confirmation hearings. because if she has confirmation hearings, what is the first question, who gave you the talking points? who wrote the cia memos? she will be under oath and have to tell the truth. bill: lindsey graham was out saying i blame the president above everybody else what happened in libya. >> i think what the administration wants to avoid congressional hearings of any sort what really happened. bill: is that possible? >> you bet it is, if they have a confirmation hearing of secretary rice the first question she will be asked who wrote the talking points for you? why did you go out even days later and obvious to every housewife in america it was terrorist attack? why did you go out and continue to blame a youtube video? why did you continue
clinton as secretary of state. rice's record, doing her job doesn't matter much to senator john mccain. what matters to the republican from arizona is rice went on television in the days after the deadly attacks in libya that killed chris stephens and three other americans and repeated the information the cia provided at the time. >> susan rice should have known better. if she didn't know better, she's not qualified. she has a lot of explaining to do. >> if appointed clears her of wrong doing besides not being very bright. i would do everything in my power from her being the united states secretary of state. >> i suppose i understand the republicans feel the administration hasn't paid a high political price for the benghazi attack. rice's performance on a few sunday shows should disqualify her. the president addressed this after he was reelected. >> if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. i'm happy to have that discussion with them. but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador who had nothing to do with benghazi, and was simpl
's showing interest in becoming the next secretary of state. one of those she met with with senator john mccain who spoke to the media after his meeting with her this morning. here's what he and other senators had to say about ambassador rice. >> senator graham and i and others -- had a very candid discussion with ambassador rice, and director of the cia. significantly troubled by -- [inaudible] evidence leading up to the attack on our consulate. tried to suggest -- [inaudible] and whether ambassador rice was prepared sufficiently in order to give the american people correctly the depiction -- [inaudible] it's clear the information she gave the american people was incorrect your she said it was a spontaneous demonstration triggered by -- it was not. there was compelling evidence at the time that that was certainly not the case, including statements by libyans as well as other americans who are fully aware people don't bring rocket propelled grenades to spontaneous events. [inaudible] >> bottom line, i'm more concerned now than it was before that the explanation of a how the four americans died
mccain, lindsey graham, kelly ayotte. she will be back up there today to meet with other senators. the deadline from yesterday's meetings is that those three are still not satisfied. kelly ayotte says she will try to block the conversation of susan rice or another nominee to succeed the departing secretary of state clinton until more information is given on the benghazi attacks in libya. also, france to go in favor of bid.tinians's u.n. the french government said it would vote in favor of the palestinians ' bid of non- member status. how would you fix your school system? we have a couple minutes left. larry in jackson, mississippi, independent. caller: good morning. newly appointed superintendent, i met with yesterday. we have 30,000 students and 2000 are homeless. 70% of our schools in the city, i visited alternative schools where we had the bus driver and security guards running the alternative schools. we have teachers who are failing these students and failed those students' parents and grandparents. they've been in the school system's 25 for 30 years. we accept this. we fired
spontaneous , and now she is speaking out against her republican critics including senator john mccain. why she says their claims are unfounded. >> when discussing the attacks against our facilities in benghazi, i relied solely and squarely on the information provided to me by the intelligence community. i made clear that the information was preliminary and that our investigations would give us the definitive answers. ♪ [ male announcer ] it started long ago. the joy of giving something everything you've got. it takes passion. and it's not letting up anytime soon. at unitedhealthcare insurance company, we understand that commitment. and always have. so does aarp, an organization serving the needs of americans 50 and over for generations. so it's no surprise millions have chosen an aarp medicare supplement insurance plan, insured by unitedhealthcare insurance company. like all standardized medicare supplement plans, they help cover some of the expenses medicare doesn't pay. and save you up to thousands in out-of-pocket costs. to find out more, request your free decision guide. call or go o
appropriate note of senator mccain's fervent commitment to this, and to the comments he made about former attorney general dick thornburgh. i knew the attorney general when he was attorney general, have enormous respect for him and for his career, and i think senator mccain was 100% correct when he quoted him in the record as saying nothing in this treaty will require any initiative by the united states to change a law or reduce any capacity of our courts to uphold the constitution of the united states. and i think he did an important service in his comments with respect to to that. our fight is not over, we have some work to do in the next days and i look forward to working with him on that. mr. lugar: i join the chairman in thanking john mccain for his testimony, his courage, his eloquence, his mention of those on our side of the aisle historically who have fought for the disabled. that's a very important fact today, and his presence, his strength, and determination were very inspiring. we appreciate so much his testimony. mr. kerry: mr. president, i suggest -- the presiding offi
anything out. senator of georgia said, i'm frankly not concerned about the norquist pledge. senator john mccain said fewer and fewer people are signing this "pledge." it's actually a pledge, but any way. senator coburn called it "a tortured vision of tax purity." and it did you want end there in that article. bill crystal said this. >> let's have a serious debate. don't scream and yell when one person says, it won't kill the country if we raise taxes on millionaires. i don't understand why republicans don't take obama's offer. >> a calmist at the national review wrote, as a matter of political strategy not to say survival, republicans will have to agree to raise taxes on those defined as rich. republicans must also contend with the pew poll that asked who would be more to blame if a deal were not reached. before a single meeting has been held, 29% said they blamed president obama while 53% said they would blame republicans in congress. former mississippi governor hailey barber was asked whether republicans should be open to upping tax rates if they got spending cuts in return. he said "if there
of our campaign $100 million spent against the president. that is more than the mccain campaign spent in its entirety. remarkable thing. a lot of senate candidates still one. but in house races it had an impact. barack obama, sherrod brown, governors -- they have definition. the spending is a little less nefarious. it's still tough to deal with, but you are not somebody who is now and then somebody drops $4 million on your head will have an impact. we have never seen spending like this. there is a term in politics called gross rating points, the amount of television you buy. 1000 points means the average viewer sees the ad 10 times. that is the standard. there were markers were -- markets at 3000 or 4000 gross rating points. the republican super pac's -- if he went to cincinnati or las vegas, i spent a lot of nights in hotels -- i would turn on the television. it was wall-to-wall political ads. in many of those markets you see two or 3 republican ads for every democrat ad. what we do about this? a huge question for our country. there are strong differences on this. we had one individu
. and that our investigations would give us the definitive answers. >> senator john mccain and others would like for director of national intelligence james clapper return to capitol hill to explain why he told them last week he did not know who changed the tension talking points and now his spokesman told it was clapper's own agency. >> it's clear to me no matter what the administration said that susan rice and the whole administration was pushing a narrative that this was some sort of a protest gone bad and that was not true and they knew it wasn't true and i believe it was done for political reasons. >> the president nominated rice to be his next secretary of state despite strong objections from senators such as john mccain. >> i have great respect for senator mccain and his service to our country and i always have and i always will. i do think that some of the statements he made about me have been unfounded, but i look forward to having the opportunity at the appropriate time to discuss all of this with him. >> another republican senator says rice would have tough going in a confirmation hea
romney than for john mccain, it tells the party is splintered, it doesn't know if it's down ride conservative or the middle establishment or we really, they really need to find this, and remember this, that the tea party was born april 15th, 2009 on the heels of taxed enough already. every time you would talk to a tea party representative or person, any one of the groups and ask them, taxes, i get. what about social issues, what about contraceptive. they didn't want it talk about it. they want toed to talk about the social issues and somehow the democrats attached the social issues to the tea party. >> and bob, you have familiarity with that. >> what the heck. >> not obviously republican and democrats have shared losses over time and it's normal, right, for a party to go through a little amination a out where they're doing. >> and the impression-- i think one of the-- one lesson the republicans had on a serious note you have to do more than run against somebody. the focus of that campaign and the republicans generally was to vote against barack obama and dependent on the turnout
john mccain noted that morsi helped to stop the fighting between gaza and israel and suggested that u.s. aid to egypt now could be in jep jeopardy. we broker add cease-fire which is incredibly fragile, but this is not acceptable, not what the american taxpayers expect and our dollars will be directly related to the progress towards democracy. >> mccain says the u.s. could as marshal world public opinion against morsi, harris. >> harris: what about the democrats and their tone? it seems they were kind of going back and forth on their reaction. >> everyone is anxious to see what happens next and they're waiting to see, bun democratic congressman stressed the importance of patience and diplomacy. we're going to go in there and bully them into doing the right thing, why diplomacy is so important here and the way we do it is so important. we have to try to influence behind the scenes. >> and the egyps stock markets are going to dive in the wake of this, dropping nearly ten parents, harris. >> harris: thank you very much. fox confirming republican peter king will step down as part of the ho
to transition you to the other hot topic that we've been following. it's senator john mccain and his stance or lack thereof now against ambassador susan rice. let me play what he said earlier. i believe it was november 14th and his new line of words, i guess, regarding her possible nomination for secretary of state. let me play it back to back. >> we will do whatever's necessary to block the nomination that's within our power as far as susan rice is concerned. >> she could conceivably get your voros for secretary of state? >> i think she deserves the ability and opportunity to explain herself and her position. >> lois, what's the scoop there there and what's behind this change? >> i think that john mccain is a very, very smart politician, and, you know, a smart politician doesn't want to box in the opponent like he tried to do with president clinton so that president clinton runs out and nominates her. i think everybody needed to kind of cool off a little bit and if he backs off, the president might not feel so compelled to nominate her. i mean i think he's taking a heat off a little bit. t
. rice will sit down with senators john mccain, lindsey graham, and kelly ayott. in recent days, senator mccain has softened his criticism as rice insists that she was relying on talking points from the intelligence community. last night, senator graham rejecting her defense but says he's open to today's meeting. >> she asked to meet with us and now we'll listen to what she has to say about her role in benghazi. the more i know about benghazi, the more upset i am that the consulate was even open on september 11th. when you look at the history and the reporting coming out of libya about the dangers, it should never have been open or heavily reinforced. after the attack, i think the story we were told about a spontaneous event caused by video where a mob turned into a riot is less credible than ever. >> she reportedly called the meeting. seems like a smart move. what do you think? >> well, i think it's a smart move for john mccain to take the meeting. they're boxed in. this is not a fight they want right now. it was a stupid fight to pick. they put themselves into a corner and now they've
ambassador rice campaigned for president obama against the republican candidate, senator john mccain. it was heated. it was difficult. the democrats believe it was not forgiven by john mccain. what do we know of meeting, catherine? >>reporter: we have to rely on the readout from the ambassador rice and the republican senators because it was behind closed doors. we saw the senators and rice arriving to plain five days after the attack she characterized the attack as spontaneous and blamed the video 2309 death of four members. the explanation she relied on the best available intelligence fell short. >> i am more convinced than ever it was bad, it was unjustified, to give the scenario as presented by ambassador rice and president obama three weeks before an election. >>reporter: the talking points that stripped out language including al qaeda, senators say she has classified material that showed evidence of terrorists. >> when you have a position of ambassador to the united nations you go classified talking points in your responsibility for the job. >>reporter: and her meeting this afte
with senators john mccain and lindsey graham along with the u.n. ambassador susan rice. the three senators emerged from the meeting saying they were honored by the fact that the cia director would meet with them, just three random senators and not in some official capacity testifying before committee on the hill. they appreciated the fact that the administration and the intelligence community was going to such lengths to e swaj their concerns to personally answer their questions about the libya attack in a closed-door meeting with the cia director himself, even though these are just three random senators. the senators said their questions were answered as reasonably could be expected and they were willing to consider the president's nominee for secretary of state. they were tlog hear out those nominations fairly and without prejudice. yeah right. that's not the way it went. here's actually what happened after that meeting today. >> we're not going to consider this nomination until we get answers to our concerns. we're not even close to getting t the basic answers. >> we're e troubled by ma
house. senator john mccain has come out now to issue this statement on the heels of that saying this latest episode another reason why many of rus so frustrated with and suspicious of the actions of this administration when it comes to the benghazi attack. yet again it goes back to the administration. why do you think the president's team has been successful in efforts to stop the controversy the despite this very strong defense of rice that's coming out -- that's coming from the president himself? have they done enough? >> have they done enough to defend susan rice? certainly, i think the president's been very clear about how he feels about susan rice. i think -- and he's been right to defend her. i think some of the attacks that have come from senator mccain and others have been very political in their tone and really not thinking about her job and the talking points she received and also the seriousness of the situation and the timing of when this political fight began, which was right in the middle of the heat of the election. i think we're just seeing that continue now and
to live there. >> bill: very good discussion. very good tonight. directly ahead, senator john mccain on whether there will be a revolt in congress if susan rice is nominated as secretary of state. jesse watters goes to the big nascar race in florida comes back unscathe, kind of. we're coming right back. [ malannouncer ] it'that time of year again. time for cii price rewind. because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and it finds one, you get refunded the difference. just use your citi card and register your purchase online. have a super sparkly day! ok. [ male announcer ] now all you need is a magic carriage. citi price rewind. buy now. save later. you can stay in and share something... or you can get out there and actually share something. ♪ the lexus december to remember sales event is on. this is the pursuit of perfection. >> bill: personal story segment tonight. john mccain involved in two on capitol hill. tax mess, will democrats and repu
bomb." medical doctor, senator, and author, tom coburn on c-span and2. >> arizona senator john mccain called the zero obama's policy towards syria -- called the obama's policy toward syria shameful. this is just about one hour. >> good afternoon. the last session before lunch, the good guys, the special burden on democratic nations. we have a star-studded cast and i will hand it over to our moderator, kathleen koch. >> . ruhle for joining us today. the title of our panel in and of itself, "the good guys?" it reflects the self doubt that many of us have had today house we'll lot at a recent intervention in countries like iraq, afghanistan. we asked ourselves, were we the good guys? did we get it right? did we do the right thing? did we do more harm than good? in our panel today, i would like us not to look back, not to rehash the past, but let's look forward and really reflect on the lessons learned in these interventions and see how they can inform the actions of our communities of democracies as we move forward into the future. first, we have a panel that virtually needs no introduct
the bush administration. the bush administration made a lot of mistakes. when i went to iraq with john mccain, we didn't come back and say all was well. john mccain asked for rumsfeld to resign. the storyline given by the bush administration wasn't accurate based by what we saw on the ground. the storyline given by this administration about libya doesn't match up with what happened on the ground. >> greta: doesn't match up, or a lie and deceitful? >> that's what we're trying to figure out. the more i look into what we were telling us on the 16th, the 18th, the 25th, days after the attack, the more it sounds like a political smoke screen. >> greta: are you going to ask probing question? >> we would be well served to have one group of senators from all the relevant committees interview each witness, compare notes. the d.o.d., department of state, cia, should be interviewed by select committees to get the same story from each group >> okay, the fiscal cliff, if we don't do something by the end of the year, taxes go up on everybody. the child tax change, the marriage tax changes. everybody gets h
john mccain softening his attacks on susan rice after vowing to block the potential nomination as secretary of state. republicans claim ambassador rice deliberately misled the country in the aftermath of the september 11th attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. but rice says it's not her fault. it's the intel community's fault. she just read their talking points. although john mccain threatened a senate filibuster earlier this month, he now is open to meeting directly with ambassador rice. >> is there anything that ambassador rice can do to change your mind about it? >> sure. she can give everyone the benefit of explaining their position and the actions that they took, and i'll be glad to have the opportunity to discuss these issues with her. >> she could conceivably get your vote for secretary of state? >> i think she deserves the ability and the opportunity to explain herself and her position. >> the white house says no decisions have been made as far as cabinet selections for the president's second term. softening. >> that was heartwarming. now, you actually wrote about
and that our investigations would give us the definitive answers. >> reporter: senator john mccain and others would like for james clapper to return to capitol hill to explain why he told them that he did not know who changed the intelligence talking points. sean turner says it clapper's on agency. >> she made these statements last night, the eve of thanksgiving, people are cooking, why are we just now hearing from her ten weeks after the attack? >> reporter: essentially, because it's increasingly clear that the president wants to nominate her to be his next secretary of state despite strong republican objections. >> i have great respect for senator mccain and his service to our country. i always have, and i always will. um, i do think that some of the statements he's made about me have been unfounded, but i look forward to having the opportunity at the appropriate time to discuss all of this with him. >> reporter: meanwhile, any attempt to hold the perpetrators to account stalled. few suspects have been named or questioned, and gunmen walk free in benghazi. and yesterday the national securit
the edits were made by the office of the director of national intelligence. republican senators john mccain and lindsey graham have led the call for a special committee to investigate. >> i was on "face the nation" the morning she came on and told that incredible story, and right after it, the president of the libyan national assembly said it was al qaeda. we know it was al qaeda. and yet she never changed her story. >> reporter: rice also shot back against mccain's criticisms. >> i do think that some of the statements he's made about me have been unfounded. but i look forward to having the opportunity at the appropriate time to discuss all of this with him. >> reporter: now, after rice spoke last night, several republicans told us they want to ask the administration what evidence they had when they originally said the benghazi attacks started with a spontaneous mob inspired by an anti-islam youtube video, an idea that's now been set aside. jeff. >> glor: sharyl, thank you. in syria, rebel fighters said they captured a military base in a key oil producing region and a government airstrike n
the official name to mexico. >>> you weren't the only one tweeting out thanksgiving pictures. cindy mccain grabbed this picture of her husband john mccain. he's in the green cap getting ready to deep fry a turkey. and senator marco rubio is showing off his bird. this is his bird ready to eat. the obama campaign tweeted this black and white picture to mark the holiday showing a much younger first family. and that is your morning dish of "scrambled politics." >>> investors had the day off for thanksgiving and the ones who aren't out shop having to go back to work today. the u.s. markets will be open for a shortened trading session. looking ahead next week could get off to a bumpy start. 7 of the past 10 post thanksgiving mondays were down days for the dow. >>> asian shares were on course for their best gains in two months after manufacturing surveys from the world's biggest economies raised hopes for improving global growth. >>> facebook wants to stop letting users vote on changes to its private policies. the social network is concerned about the quantity versus quality of feedback generated
viqueira at the white house. senator john mccain softened his tone after vowing to block the nomination of u.n. ambassador susan rice to be hillary clinton's successor. he argued that rice damaged her credibility when she said the attack was a spontaneous protest to an anti-muslim video not a planned terror attack. today mccain was asked if he might change his mind about ambassador rice. >> i give everyone the benefit of explaining their position and the actions that they took. i'll be glad to have the opportunity to discuss these issues with her. >>> still ahead, sick and tired of being bullied on the road. how cyclists are taking matters into their own hands. >>> later, mick, heath and the stones still rolling after half a century on top. [ male announcer ] are you considering a new medicare plan? then you may be looking for help in choosing the right plan for your needs. so don't wait. call now. whatever your health coverage needs, unitedhealthcare can help you find the right plan. are you looking for something nice and easy? a medicare advantage plan can give you doctor, hospital an
u.n. ambassador susan rice, senator john mccain who vowed to block her potential nomination as secretary of state appears to be backing off that threat. >> she could conceivably get your vote for secretary of state? >> i think she deserves the ability and the opportunity to explain herself and her position, just as she said. >>> actor ben affleck has long been involved in efforts to help the victims of war-torn eastern congo. on sunday he talked about his call for the u.s. to take a more active role. >> i think our actions in foreign policy, and maybe i'm naive, represent our values and represent who we are. and if any american were to go to that country and stand and see what was happening there, they would insist that we do what we could. >>> more than ten years after she was kidnapped as a teenager, elizabeth smart is finally ready to tell her own story in a new book. and the author is chris stewart who was just elected to congress from utah. he tells "the salt lake tribune" he hopes to have the first draft written before he takes office in january. >>> and finally, guess
it was actually a terrorist assault. after the meeting, republican senators john mccain and lindsey graham had this reaction. >> we are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn't get. >> all i can tell you that the concerns i have are greater today than they were before and we're not even close to getting the basic answers. >> reporter: both senators accused rice of misleading the american public during a series of t.v. interviews five days after the assault. in a public statement today, rice explained that her initial account was wrong because: senator kelly ayotte, republican of new hampshire, says rice should have known better. >> but one of her responsibilities as ambassador to the u.n. she receives daily intelligence briefings and certainly confirmed today that she had received the briefing-- the briefings leading up to this that were on a classified basis. >> reporter: the white house hasn't said when or if rice will get the nomination. but in a news conference two weeks ago, mr. obama seemed to be preparing for a fight. >> if senator john mccain an
critics in the senate including arizona republican john mccain. rice initially said the attack had grown out of a spontaneous protest. now she says those were the talking points that u.s. intelligence had given her. >> we're going to get to the bottom of this. we have to have a system we can trust. and if you don't know what happened, just say you don't know what happened. >> mccain said he is still troubled about what rice said and what she did not say. rice would need senate support if president obama nominates her to become the next secretary of state. >>> time now 4:42. how a dangerous mix can be deadly. the juice that could be deadly when mixed with the wrong medication. >> also ahead is it a revolutionary breakthrough worthy of a willy wonka? how cadbury invented nonmelting chocolate. >> is this a blatant security breach at a major airport? what one person caught on cell phone cameras that raises serious security questions. ,,,,,,,,,,,, before cold & flu season, help prevent with lysol disinfectant spray. and use the lysol no touch hand soap for 10 times more protection with each w
-- >> i don't think that's true. maybe. >> -- monday through friday, senator john mccain is taking our advice and softening his attacks on susan rice. after vowing to block her potential nomination as secretary of state. now, republicans are claiming the ambassador deliberately misled the country in the aftermath of the september 11th attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. but rice says she's not to blame, arguing that she relied on talking points from the intelligence community. now, although senator mccain had threatened a senate filibuster earlier this month, he says he's now open to meeting directly with ms. rice. >> is there anything that ambassador rice can do to change your mind about it? >> sure. she can give everyone the benefit of explaining their position and the actions that they took, and i'll be glad to have the opportunity to discuss these issues with her. >> she could conceivably get your vote for secretary of state? >> i think she deserves the ability and the opportunity to explain herself and her position. >> mika, he sounds very open-minded to me. >> yeah, just a
along with you. keep dreaming. keep doing. go long. i have respect for senator mccain and i always have and will. i do think that some of the statements he made about me have been unfounded but i look forward to having the opportunity at the appropriate time to discuss this with him. >> speaking of women leaders that was susan rice addressing the criticism that john mccain among others directed towards her regarding her initial reaction to benghazi. ambassador rice haas faced mounting scrutiny, including a letter signed by 97 house republicans who oppose her possible no, ma'am mags for secretary of state. senator mccain for his part may have realized how bad the optics are nor the gop. he softened his stance a bit on fox news this morning. >>> i'll be glad to have the opportunity to discuss these issues with her. she deserves the ability and the opportunity to explain herself and her position. >> oh, i see now she deserves the opportunity to explain her position to senator mccain. this has been infuriating to watch. it feels to me very much like we're not supposed to say that this is in
, they would gladly get my vote back. as long as they have people like john mccain, sarah palin, and mitt romney, they are just playing. host: here's a story in the new --k times . david is up next, new york, good morning. caller: good morning. how are ya? i'm a republican and i don't believe that the 1% or a portion of the country should be taxed. it can be mathematically proven. a president handed in m speech to be scored. he never came up with a plan how this money would be redistributed and that it would solve the problems. i don't see it. there was nothing mathematically drawn up. the republicans had a couple of plants. loring the taxes and getting people back to work, getting them off the food stamp programs and whatever other entitlement program there is, get them off of that, get them into a job. if you look at germany, they're getting 350 euros per month to live as an entitlement program. none of the germans are going back to work. they are hiring immigrants in that country to do the work. so you don't really been anything by giving entitlements or lifelong unemployment or check
mccain, gramm and ayat. senator mccain told reporters the information she gave the american people was incorrect, but a spontaneous demonstration triggered by hateful video. it was not and there was compelling evidence that the time that was certainly not the case. the house transportation and infrastructure committee is holding at hearing on amtrak's restructuring plans. the committee will hear from the inspector general and amtrak's president and representative from the united transportation union live at 10:00 eastern on our companion network c-span. [applause] >> last night secretary of state condoleezza rice and chancellor of the new york city public schools joel kline had a somewhat on education reform in washington examining america's education system and the impact on national security. council on foreign relations moderates the discussion, about an hour. >> welcome to this evening, broadcast of morning joe. the energy in this room is a real testament to two things. one is how the education reform has ripened, a combination of meade, the talent we see in this room has coale
the definitive answers. >> john mccain is now softening his opposition to her possible nomination as secretary of state. >> i give everyone the benefit of explaining their position and the actions that they took, and i'll be glad to have the opportunity to discuss these issues with her. >> we'll talk to former bush national security adviser steve hadley. >>> plus a new wave against president morsi. >>> and two indianapolis colts cheerleaders save their hair in support of their coach's fight against leukemia. >>> good day, i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. congress is back. grover norquist's tax pledge could be history. and all eyes are now focusing on house republicans as talks to avoid going over that so-called fiscal cliff are picking up steam. joining me now, mark halperin, senior political analyst for "time" and msnbc and ruth marcus, columnist and editorial writer for the "washington post." to you, mark, what is your read about what we've been hearing the last couple of days about grover norquist, the pledge and how much running room the speaker does have to b negotiating a deal. >>
mccain really criticized egyptian president morsi, really, really criticized him and basically said he's taking undemocratic dictatorial moves. he's esurping the authority of his own judiciary and this is not somebody we shouldn't rebuke, somebody we should be very critical of. what's your thought with mccain and morsi? >> well, look what happened. morsi came out of the gaza/israeli/hamas battle and his stock was improving so he overstepped himself, but what surprised me was the egyptian people and the high court reprimanded him, and they said we're not going to take this from you, and he's now backing off. so i agree with senator mccain, but i'm also encouraged a little bit that the -- that the egyptian people stood up to their own prime minister and said you're going too far. >> what does it mean? mean, how do you ignore or just take away the power of your own judiciary? i mean, that's really at the heart of the egyptian separation of powers. it's at the heart of the egyptian democracy. how farhink morsi is going to take this? i mean, is he going to give himself dictatorial powers
critics on capitol hill. she is set to meet with republic senators john mccain, lindsey graham and kelli eye yacht tomorrow according to senator mccain's office. the senator expects a lot of questions to be answered. analysts say president obama may nominate ambassador rice to be secretary of state and he may do so as soon as this week. the senators had said that she is, quote: not qualified, unquote because of her comments on the sunday shows after the attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. however all three senators are now apparently softening their stance. ambassador rice says she was relying on talking points from intelligence officials when she said the violence started out of a spontaneous reaction to protests over anti-islam video. the director of national intelligence confirms his office changed the talking points not the white house, not anyone else. james clapper says his office took out references to al qaeda and terrorism before ambassador rice went on all five sunday shows. he also says he knew at the time extremists were involved. the bottom line was this just wasn't
were with us yesterday you'll remember that her bid to set the record straight with senators john mccain and lindsay graham and kelly ayotte could hardly have gone worse. they were more inflamed about rice's early public comments about the benghazi, libya attack than they had been before that meeting. cnn's dana bash has been watching all of this prenomination confrontation drama and joins us now to talk about this. i know you're trying to wrangle an interview and make sure you catch the senators as they emerge from the meetings. dana, it might sound to some as though some of the critics of ambassador rice feel differently about what they're criticizing. they don't all seem to be in lock step or at least have the same complaints. >> reporter: that's true. no question that there are different levels of issues that senators are upset about. i have to tell you the reason i'm on the phone now is because i'm waiting for a very important meeting that susan rice is having as we speak to wrap up and that is with senator susan collins. why is it important? because if she is nominated to be secret
a lot of here. think about the last two people who lost the election. john mccain, and his news, john kerry, still a big force in the senate and maybe a nominee for secretary of state. it's hard to see mitt romney in the roles. remember that one of the ideas that mitt romney floated during the presidential campaign, just might be part of the deal that gets -- >> which is the cap. >> a cap. he would put a pretty low cap, $17,000 on high income taxpayers. it's possible that will survive even though mitt romney's presidential prospects did not. >> or could be a $50,000 cap or something even higher than that. now chris cizilla, let's talk about the lack of civility or the contentiousness of this susan rice situation where she's back on the hill today. let me play a little bit of susan collins, republican from maine, known as a moderate, discussing the possibility of a john kerry nomination to be secretary of state. >> i think john kerry would be an excellent appointment and would be easily confirmed by his colleagues. >> at the same time, there was really no love there for susan rice and
carriage. citi price rewind. buy now. save later. gregg: republican senator john mccain says he is frustrated with reports that the intelligence community is suddenly changing its story on the benghazi attack. james clapper says they in fact did make the edits to the administration's talking points. but john mccain says senior intelligence officials were asked this very question including the director of intelligence and they told us they did not know who made the changes. now we have to read the answers to our questions in the media. he says general petraeus * said the cia knew within 24 hours al qaeda was behind it but susan rice did not use that information on the talk shows saying the siege resulted from a spontaneous protest. last thursday clapper tells one story and now according to his spokesman its is just the opposite. do you think he is not still telling the truth? >> it's hard to know. it's the old quote. i'm not mad you lied to me. i'm mad i can't believe anything you tell me. this is the head our intelligence an changes his mind within 24 hours. today is the 70th da
it to watergate. jon: i know on "fox news sunday" this week you'll be talking to senator john mccain and he is fired up on this issue. >> absolutely. and understandably so. when they hear from the intelligence community, the head of the director of national intelligence last week he doesn't know who changed the talking points and then he hears from the dni's office on monday, well in fact they did it, you do wonder who is on first here. as i say it would be funny fit weren't so tragic. jon: yeah. well, it is -- let's hope we get to the bottom of it at some point. chris, thank you very much. >> and we'll keep pushing. jon: we'll be looking for you on fox news sunday. much more about the latest developments in the benghazi controversy. an exclusive interview that chris will have with senator john mccain, "fox news sunday" this weekend. you'll have to check your local listings for the times it runs on the big fox network in your area. jenna: new developments in the search for a serial killer as a man wanted for questioning turns himself into police. some chilling details and what detectives fo
to terrorism and al qaeda from his agency's summary. senator john mccain, who has called for a special committee to investigate the matter has led the call to find out who made the changes and why. >> i was on "face the nation" the morning she came on and told that incredible story. and right after it the president of the libyan national assembly said it was al qaeda. we know it was al qaeda. and yet she never changed her story. >> reporter: yesterday rice also spoke to mccain's criticism of her. >> i do think that some of the statements he made about me have been unfounded, but i look forward to having the opportunity at the appropriate time to discuss all of this with him. >> reporter: because of the flack, republican senator ss mccain and lindsey graham have said they would have a hard time supporting rice to succeed hillary clinton as secretary of state if the president nominates her. last week president obama rushed to her defense. >> she made an appearance at the request of the white house in which she gave her best understanding of the intelligence that
forward? >> john mccain has always been an incredible on this. lindsey graham has been good. we are seeing more and more interest in the house from people that i think will make themselves more known as we get into the new year. we are incredibly excited that the coming together of the latino community in this last election has awakened a bipartisan agreement that we need to act on immigration once and for all. we look forward to making it happen. >> what are the odds and we go over the cliff or get some kind of deal? >> i pray to god that we reach an agreement as a nation. the majority of americans need us to. for me, it is about can we get taxes on the table and can we get more jobs created. if that happens in december, that would be great. if it happens in january, we will be fine with that to. >> going over the cliff, if they strike a deal to say that those who make $1 million and more will make more -- >> that does not generate enough money. >> one of the things that has come up is the tax issue. i'm curious to know where you stand on the sequester issue. what sort of solutions are yo
day in a row with the police using tear gaps with protesters oppose to the president. senator john mccain is saying egypt could pay a price if it takes a more authorityarian turn. appearing on "fox news sunday" with chris wallace, acknowledging that morsi did play an important role in the cease-fire between gaza and israel. >> this is not acceptable. this is not what the united states of america taxpayers dollars respect. he promised the people of egypt democracy when his party and he was elected president. >> reporter: egyptian president expanded his powers and placed himself above judicial oversay the sight after the cease-fire. egypt said it was designed to hold those accountable of those in corruption and crimes in the previous regime. but one leading senator was asked what message president obama should deliver to the egyptian leader? >> he has to express those concerns and say, obviously, we want this -- change to be not just democratic, but to also be supportive of stability and also to be protecting of minorities and human rights in egypt. >> reporter: the egyptian stock market ta
going to nominate her. i did think he was saying to senator mccain and senator gramm, kemosabi and tonto, look, pick on someone your own size. there was an element of bullying going on here. is there more to it than that? susan rice's reputation precedes her. she is known as a very difficult, tough person, smart. she had trouble when she first went into the administration and was in competition with hillary clinton. i'm not so sure that the president will nominate her. >> if he does, will he succeed? >> the way he defended her was very odd. number one, why are you picking the woman, essentially. he was playing lancelot. >> not to me. >> there were women who wrote about this who said they were offended by that town. -- by his tone. it was a very misleading statements. that is undeniable. she talked about a demonstration, a riot out of control. there was no demonstration. and the fbi knew that two days earlier because it spoke with the people within the embassy and evacuate -- that it had evacuated and saved who said there was no demonstration and no right at. that is number one. but then
in the moment. i laughed when i read senator mccain's recent remarks recalling when chris insisted on personally brewing the senator a proper cup of cappuccino during their meetings in libya. the next topic of material goods would be his donkey, or lack thereof. i love the picture. it reminded me of a priceless letter he sent to me in law school when he was over there in the peace corps. chris wrote wonderful notes and told me when he went running in the village where he was staying, only to have locals come up beside him and say where is it, where did it go. where is what? your donkey. i don't have a donkey. >> why are you running? [ laughter] >> for exercise. >> exercise? are you nuts? if you want exercise, come work on my orchard, you crazy american. >> chris succeeded because he knew how to laugh at himself and relate to people around him. there are two more memories i want to share. one deals with government and jazz. chris always wanted to work for the state department. he always wanted to be involved in the foreign service. he took the foreign service exam when we were undergrads at cal.
meeting with senators john mccain, lindsey graham and kelly ayotte. they were infuriated after rice called the assault that killed ambassador chris stevens and three other americans spontaneous and linked to a protest over a youtube video. she will be joined by acting cia director mike morell. the meeting could serve as a real test of whether rice will still be in for a fight over her potential nomination as secretary of state. >>> elsewhere on capitol hill today, it's back to the bargaining table for lawmakers facing a year-end fiscal cliff. yesterday the white house took a hard line insisting tax rates have to rise on the rich and warning that anymore delay on the deal could ruin consumer confidence and hurt holiday retail sales. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with the details. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. today we'll see a continued push by the white house. in fact, for the rest of this week, new details released this morning, still pushing for those taxes on the rich. meantime, here on capitol hill we're seeing some small signs of compromise. toda
of congress to discuss the benghazi attack. one meeting will be with senator mccain one of the most vocal critics. she came fire for saying it was a spontaneous attack triggered by anger over an american-made anti-muslim video instead it was planned. we have learned it was a coordinated by al-qaeda affiliates. the intelligence community is responsible for not releasing that information, right way. >>> lawmakers back at work on capitol hill trying to avoid the fiscal cliff. the biggest obstacle to a deal is a pledge of no tax increases of any kind that virtually every elected republican has signed. grover norquist is behind that pledge considered one of the most powerful men in washington and has convinced thousands of republicans to sign the pledge. with fiscal calamity on the horizon some gop lawmakers are changing their tune. >> i will violate the pledge, long story short, for the good of the country. >> president has made clear, he will not sign a bill that extents the bush era tax cuts for those making more than $250,000. >> some republicans open to breaking the say they will do it by
behind closed door with mccain, graham and ayotte, three of her harshest critics. >> lisa argen what are you finding? >> visibility improving, a little sun, mid 50s to around 60, as they say, the calm before the storm. we'll talk about all three of them head our way through the weekend. >>> plus, are you living in a community with higher breast cancer rates? tell you which parts of the bay area have unusually >>> alarming new study says parts of the bay area have higher rates of breast cancer. it finds the western half of contra costa county, northern alameda and parts of santa rosa and san mateo counties have rates 10 to 20% higher than the state average. the study didn't identify the reasons why, experts say one possible explanation is economics. women in some of these areas are more likely to be diagnosed earlier and more likely to have private insurance. read more on abc7news.com under see it on tv. >>> the biggest organic peanut butter plant in the country was supposed to reopen today after being shutdown due to salmonella contamination. the government said wait a minute. now th
rice would be succeeding. the president has made it clear he will fight for rice. >> if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. >> reporter: and today the white house was not backing down. >> the focus on, some might say, obsession on comments made on sunday's shows seems to me and to many to be misplaced. >> reporter: rice told the senator she wanted a chance to clear her name. but later, two of the senators she met with said they would still put a hold on her nomination. that's senate speak for blocking it. still, the white house is planning to fight for her, and senate democratic leaders say they can get her confirmed. >> andrea mitchell at the state department to start us off tonight. andrea, thanks. >>> overseas today in cairo, a dramatic scene in tahrir square. it looked a lot like those furious protests we saw against former president hosni mubarak, driven out early last year. but today's anger was directed at the new president, morsi. nbc's ayman mohyeldin is in tahrir square for us tonight. good evening, ayman. >> report
we trust. >> senator john mccain said he remains troubled with what she said and what she did not say. she needs the support if chosen to become the next sex tear of state. >>> breaking news of the a san francisco. a fire tore through a home on capitol avenue. fires got it under control. >>> how can you be in two places at the same time? the politician in the hot seat over an expense report. >>> it's an episode he wants to forget. how an actor two trashed his tv show explained himself. >>> the school bus that went up in flames the and the drive who saved a student trapped inside. ,, have a good night. here you go. you, too. i'm going to dream about that steak. i'm going to dream about that tiramisu. what a night, huh? but, um, can the test drive be over now? head back to the dealership? [ male announcer ] it's practically yours. but we still need your signature. volkswagen sign then drive is back. and it's never been easier to get a passat. that's the power of german engineering. get $0 down, $0 due at signing, $0 deposit, and $0 first month's payment on any new volkswagen. puzzle tha
the defense from the white house, despite her sitting down with republicans john mccain, kelly ayotte and senator lindsey graham, it looks like that meeting at least from her point of view was unsuccessful. here is what those republicans had to say after their meeting. >> we are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn't get. concerning evidence that is overwhelming leading up to the attack on our consulate. >> clearly the impression that was given of the information given to the american people was wrong. in fact, ambassador rice said today absolutely it was wrong. >> so key republicans not convinced. but top democrats like harry reid coming to her rescue saying, and i'm quoting here, the personal attacks against ambassador rice by certain republican senators have been outrageous and utterly unmoored from facts and reality. today she's back on the hill, meeting with the head of the homeland security committee saying she's not sure they have 60 votes to confirm her if, in fact, she's nominated. lynn >>> well, jill kelley, the tampa socialite caug
're going to get to the bottom of thchl we have to have a system we trust. >> senator john mccain said he remains troubled with what she said and what she did not say. she needs the support if chosen to become the next sex tear of state. >>> breaking news of the a san francisco. a fire tore through a home on capitol avenue. fires got it under control. >>> how can you be in two places at the same time? the politician in the hot seat over an expense report. >>> it's an episode he wants to forget. how an actor two,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, puzzle that left even einstn stumped. how to be in two places at once. well, accorg to his expense reports, he's n once. >>> a bay-area politician may have solved and age-old puzzle, how to be in two places at the same time. according to his expense reports, he managed it more than once. >>reporter: george has been an advocate for -- >>reporter: rich robinson advised stepped down. >> this is a repeated violation. once that occurs, there's no geanigea -- geanie in a bottle. >>reporter: he's being investigator investigated for misuse of funds for lavish meals and luxu
and is a distinguished economist. he was john mccain's economic adviser in the first campaign. he is now running the american action forum. he is one of the best hot shots on fiscal issues but does it kindly and then we have steve case. i wanted to give him chairmanship of the jobs council, jeff immelt had that but not for long. steve case, one of the founders and chairman of aol, he chairs the entrepreneurship council, chairman of revolution, very tied up in trying to think about what are the spark the drive innovation, creativity, how do you drive young people here. you have been involved in a major study, u.s. competitive project at harvard business school. engage thousands of people, thousands of voices, discussions with hundreds of economic leaders and come up with a eight point plan of things you are advocating. i have gone through and some of that makes a lot of sense to me. it would have made sense in the 1990s and the 1980s. what makes you think this is such a big deal now? >> i want to say we have had a chance to interact with the jobs council in the harvard business school effort and
information on why she gave the wrong information and she didn't seem to win over john mccain and lindsay graham. they remain troubled by her comments. she remains the top candidate to replace hillary rodham clinton and if nominated she would have to be considered by the senate. >>> they are trying avert the fiscal cliff and if presented they will -- prevented they will talk about the need for taxes going up. in the afternoon, president barack obama will meet with ceos with more than a dozen major u.s. companies including home depot and comcast. >>> for only the 7th time in history, the president's swearing in date falls on a sunday and following tradition, president barack obama will privately take the oath of office on sunday january 20th and then the public inoculation will be -- inauguration will be sunday. >>> he frequently visits the plaza and unusual charges started showing up on her husband's credit card several months ago. >> there was $700 at washington state. 2600 at mcdonald in nevada and $1.50 at embassy sweet and some -- suite and someplace i never heard of. >> the pub owner
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